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 Posted:   Apr 20, 2015 - 2:42 PM   
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A week from today, on Tuesday, May 6th, CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment will release 3 very special TV-on-BD titles: The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and The Andy Griffith Show. These legendary programs on high-def Blu-ray Disc shall include new bonus material, as well as a sharper-than-ever picture newly cleaned up with recently-acquired equipment. Chris Tribbey, Senior Reporter at trade journal Home Media Magazine, wrote about this effort from CBS in his "Labor of Love" article yesterday.

However, that online digital version of the story we've linked to above is missing a paragraph that can be found in this week's print version of Home Media Magazine. As seen in the scan below, the page 12 "Pipeline" report from the April 28, 2014 edition of HMM also mentions that "The CBS team is already working on Blu-ray ready versions of..."; the paragraph - which also points out that this is the same team which has been working on CBS/Paramount's BD efforts for Star Trek: The Next Generation - goes on to name 9 classic television shows:
Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, (…).

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An old message that needs to be revived.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2015 - 10:23 AM   
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¶ Episode #2 (S1)
"Incident at Alabaster Plain"
written by David Swift
directed by Richard Whorf
guests: Mark Richman, Martin Balsam, Troy Donahue, Joe de Santis, Suzanne Lloyd, Peter Mamakos

It's a good mean gunslinger episode in which we learn a little bit about the life of Rowdy Yates because he meets an old friend named Buzz Travis from the Civil War who just got married with a rich Mexican woman. The guest cast is very good: Mark Richman as the vicious angry gunslinger Mastic returning home to get his due during the wedding party and Martin Balsam as Father Fabian. It's done like a grand drama and a western feature film. Note that Pete Nolan is depicted as a rough guy who play nasty tricks, especially on Wishbone.

At last, the first sign-off scene appears and, furthermore, Gil Favor introduces his men at the start of Act 1 so let's hear it:

"…But the way to even things up is to hire the best men in the business,
and I got 'em—Pete Nolan, scout; Rowdy Yates, new as they come,
but he's got the makings; Joe Scarlet, swing; Jim Quince, flank;
and the man who can make-or-break the drive, the cook, Wishbone;
and the cook's louse—his name is mushy.
Now, somebody's got to kick this whole kit and caboodle along
and that's me, Gil Favor, trail boss. I ride point."

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2015 - 12:12 PM   
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¶ Episode #3 (S1)
"Incident with an Executioner"
written by James Edmiston
directed by 'producer' Charles Marquis Warren
guests: Dan Duryea, Martin Milner, Marguerite Chapman, James Drury, Jan Shepard, Stafford Repp, William Schallert, Glen Gordon

It's a haunted man drama that plays like a supernatural entry. The atmosphere is heavily filled with suspicion, suspense, guilt, fear because of the hunter rider acting like a mute grim reaper who keeps a close eye on the guests of Gil Favor. Yates and Nolan are particularly aggressive. Guest actor Dan Duryea carries on his shoulder this mystery piece.

 Posted:   May 4, 2015 - 11:53 AM   
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¶ Episode #4 (S1)
"Incident of the Widowed Dove"
written by David Lang
directed by Ted 'Magnum Force' Post
guests: Sally Forrest, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Shannon, Vic Perrin, Harry Lauter, Fred Graham, Harry Harvey Jr, Dick Ryan, Henry Wills

It starts as the outfit of Gil Favor on a wild leave to a small town and then it turns into a solo Rowdy Yates willing to help the wife of the local marshal to run away from the town and the grip of her husband. This is the first one that opposes Gil Favor to Rowdy Yates and ends up in a fist fight and the departure of Yates. During the outfit's saloon scenes that quickly degenerate, one of the cowhand is shot to death! This is director Ted Post's first episode and a fine drama! The sherry on top is Gil Favor shooting down a Marshal that slaps his old lady!

The season 4 main titles depicting the outfit of Gil Favor riding and rushing to town and to the saloon are footages from that particular episode.

 Posted:   May 5, 2015 - 10:34 AM   
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FOCUS ON: cinematographer Philip Lathrop

He was the camera operator of Russell Metty on Orson Welles' Touch of Evil.

He shot the first nine episodes of the western series Rawhide.

He worked for director Blake Edwards: see the television series Mr. Lucky and Peter Gunn and the feature films Perfect Furlough, Experiment in Terror, Days of Wine and Roses, The Pink Panther, Gunn, Wild Rovers, The Thief Who Came to Dinner.

He is known for collaborating in the Kirk Douglas' arch-drama Lonely are he Brave, in the greatest Neo Noir of the Sixties Point Blank, in John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths, in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and in Walter Hill's first two films: Hard Times and The Driver.

 Posted:   May 20, 2015 - 8:19 AM   
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¶ Episode #7 (S1)
"Incident at Barker Springs"
written by Les Crutchfield
directed by producer Charles Marquis Warren
guests: Paul Richards, June Lockhart, Richard Gilden, DeForrest Kelley, Bill Hale

It starts as a family affair story featuring two conflicting "gunslingers" brothers who work at the outfit of Gil Favor and ends up as a revenge story against the town's crooked big shot Slate Prell (actor DeForrest Kelley). Guest actor Paul Richards as revengist Brazo is always good because he has a peculiar speech delivery and he is the center of this grave drama unlike the outfit of Gil Favor which silently stay in the background.

This is the first episode the production team has achieved and it shows throughout the look of the leading characters who are at their early stage of evolution—they all look traditional 1950's cowboys and act like dead serious figures. So you're witnessing a rough draft of Rawhide with a leaning soon abandonned and, to be blunt, it's like watching a first season (1955) episode of Gunsmoke and by sheer coincidence, guest actor Paul Richards plays a gunman in "Matts Gets In" from that same series. There are two versions of this episode and the first one has the character of Wishbone played by another actor: Robert Carricart. Many cow shots and drovers footages are recycled from this one. The music supervisor tracks many Bernard Herrmann haunting cues. Fortunately, the sign-off scene is present.

It has a unique production crew:
production supervisor J. Paul Popkin
director of photography Brydon B. Baker

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